Monday, June 18, 2012

Gladstone Airport Spotting on Sunday

By the looks of it, Jamie C had a great Sunday Plane Spotting session! After a foggy start in Gladstone on Sunday 17 June, the Airport got quite busy as shown below in the photos below.

Later in the morning, Jamie spotted a few light General Aviation movements, with Dova DV-1 Skylark 24-5123 caught on camera again.

It turns out that this aircraft is owned by a member of the Gladstone Aero Club, who has since informed us that it is the only example in Australia.  The Skylark is powered by a 100HP 4-cylinder Rotax engine, and can achieve a maximum speed of between 115-120 knots.  It is able to fly to 10,000 feet, and has an endurance (including fuel reserves) of approximately 4 1/2 hours. 

And speaking of the Gladstone Aero Club, at the weekly gathering of members, a nice pair of old locally-owned Cessna 172 aircraft in the form of VH-CBC and VH-CXW were noted.

Later in the day, Jamie captured Cessna 172 VH-BVY, which is registered in Emerald.

Also Robinson R-22 BETA Helicopter VH-HRW, which is registered in Injune.

And lastly, Piper PA-28R-180 VH-PBA which is owned locally.

On the commercial front at Gladstone Airport on Sunday 17 June, Jamie captured some nice images of Virgin Australia (Skywest Airlines) ATR 72-500 VH-FVI as it prepared for its mid-afternoon departure to Brisbane.

Thanks Jamie for sending through some great photos!

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